The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma trail rides are operating!

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is one of the top recommendations on Trip Advisor. Seeing Lake Sonoma on horseback is just fantastic.  The views are splendid and the experience is first-class.  Be sure to bring your camera.  This is an opportunity to see the park like you've never seen it before! Check out the details at or just click here to be redirected to the ranch's website.  

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Canceled for 2022

We regret to announce that we must again cancel the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, set for Feb 12, 2022.  Uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, facilities maintenance and the drought required we skip another year.  

Lake Sonoma Reopens

Lake Sonoma, which was closed under County of Sonoma order due to Covid-19 restrictions, has reopened, but sections of the park are still not accesible due to the residual effects of the Walbridge Fire, the drought and general maintenance issues.  Boat access to the lake is via the Public Boat Ramp only.  The Milt Brandt Visitor Center parking lot is open for boat inspections, but the Visitor Center is still closed.  Look for a Fall reopening.  Liberty Glen Campground is still closed.   For safety, have a face mask handy and honor social distancing.  Keep all of  us healthy and safe.  

Pig hunting season opens November 12, 2021

Pig hunting season at Lake Sonoma will open November 12 and end March 20, 2022. Due to Covid-19, we have temporarily closed registration at the Milt Brandt Visitor Center and via email. Click here for more information regarding required permits and fees.  All proceeds go to the Friends of Lake Sonoma to support the lake and its educational programs.


Board of Directors

Brad Sherwood, chairman

Rick Herbert, vice chairman

Joe Brandt,  treasurer

John Granatir, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Harry Bosworth, Skip Brand, Jayson Collard, Donna Meier, Marshall Turbeville, Kasey Wade, Jim Wilmes and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Linda Clapp, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Tony Pettis, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield, Richard Thomas

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma Water

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sonoma County Tourism

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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